I now have two squares of my Cornerstone Blanket completed. Here is Square the Second:
For contrast, here it is next to Square the First.
As you can see, Square the Second has a smaller center portion.
Each square measures 21″ on each side, unblocked, so there is a fair amount of knitting in each one. I joined Squares One and Two using a three-needle bind-off as directed in the pattern. So here is the top row of my blanket:
In the comments GeniaKnitz asked “Does Silk Garden soften up after a few washings? I find it kind of scratchy.” Good question. It has been so long since I knit with Silk Garden that I don’t remember! But I’m betting that it will not soften up too much, given the composition of the yarn — 45% mohair, 45% silk, and 10% wool. I would not recommend using this yarn for a garment that would be worn next to the skin. But for a blanket, I think it is fine.
The question prompted me to look up the yarn on Ravelry and read through some of the user comments. As I write this post, there are 101 comments about Noro Silk Garden on Ravelry. Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people both love and hate it. Some of the things that some people love about it are the same things that some people hate about it.
I think that if you are looking for a yarn that is consistent (in both thickness and color), this is not the yarn for you. It’ll drive you bonkers. But if you have a project where neither of those things matter too much, give it a try. It is a really amazing yarn and if you make the decision not to fight it and just let it do what it wants to do, you’ll have a lot of fun knitting with it. This blanket pattern is a great one for this yarn. This pattern is great, period. There is a lot of soothing, relatively mindless garter stitch, but there is also a fair amount of variety in what you are doing so it is not boring. And the results are so pretty.
I have encountered a number of knots in one skein of the neutral colorway used for the border, but it is not really an issue because the color changes in this colorway are pretty subtle. Noro yarns are notorious for having knots in them that break up a color sequence. This is one of the things that makes them such a challenge to use. You are happily knitting along and all of a sudden you come across a knot, and a completely different place of the color sequence is tied in. Very frustrating! But for a mitered square blanket this is not so important.
So this is a long way of saying that I am very happy with this yarn for this project!
You’ll be happy to know, I’m sure, that Lucy is on the job, checking my work.